[Claim for Costs of Protest of GSA Solicitation]

B-246121.2: Aug 23, 1993

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A firm requested reimbursement of its protest costs pursuant to its sustained protest against a General Services Administration (GSA) solicitation for road clearing and cleaning equipment. GAO held that: (1) one of the solicitation specifications violated the Competition in Contracting Act; (2) the protester was entitled to recover only those protest costs related to the sustained portion of its protest; (3) out-of-pocket expenses and some attorney fees were inadequately documented; and (4) costs for pursuing its reimbursement claim were unallowable, since GSA expeditiously pursued a claims settlement. Accordingly, the claim was partially allowed.